About Garden Of Esther
At Garden of Esther, we marry exceptional ingredients and conscious food choices with the unparalleled sensual pleasure of creating and sharing an incredible meal with the people you love.
We will be the premier provider of uniquely creative, naturally flavored, healthy, fresh pasta - inspiring our community to elevate their eating experience and raise their food consciousness.
We care about our community by consciously manufacturing and producing only products with high-quality, healthy ingredients that they can feel good about putting in their bodies.
We create a warm, welcoming, memorable experience for our guests with exceptional personal service. At the heart of every business is the customer, and we always put them first.
Garden of Esther was born out of a passion for food. When she moved to Vero Beach, Esther asked a simple question: Where does my food come from? The answers led her to begin sourcing fresh ingredients from local farms and farmer's markets, which eventually inspired her to try her hand at her own garden. It turns out that Esther was pretty good at gardening!
Eventually, the overabundance of herbs and veggies from the garden led Esther to experiment with the produce to create unique, flavorful dishes. One of those dishes happened to be garlic and basil-infused pasta. Not realizing what was about to happen, Esther snapped a photo of her homemade, infused fresh pasta and posted it to social media.
The response was immediate and overwhelming! People began asking her if she could make more and if they could buy it. As this simple love of food snowballed rapidly into a business, Wild Thyme Catering generously provided Esther with a certified kitchen to work out of, and she came full circle - actually becoming a vendor at the Vero Beach Farmers Market where it all began.
Today, her business has grown and expanded into retail and restaurant wholesale. She now has her own kitchen in a brick-and-mortar retail pasta shop and gourmet market at 1016 21St Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Her husband Andres, a private chef, has joined the team and is now the CEO and Chief Flavor Officer, continually adding to their line of uniquely flavored pasta.
Garden of Esther was born of a desire to consciously connect with our food and the world around us while providing a uniquely creative, elevated eating experience. It is our dream to serve our customers as a Garden of Creation and Inspiration. We want to be the invitation for others to step out of their comfort zone, understand that good food does not only consist of eating at a Michelin Star restaurant and inspire them to try cooking at home.
We want to lead people into connection with their bodies, their ingredients, the earth, and each other by providing incredible pasta products that are healthy and delicious, sourced responsibly, and service a wide variety of customers with specific dietary requirements.
Ultimately, we work every day at crafting new pasta recipes that will inspire people to cook and eat not because they have to but because they want to. We are constantly upgrading our menu, testing new recipes, expanding our wholesale and retail lines, working to better ourselves and connect with our community. To take a page from Howard Schultz: We are not in the pasta business serving people; we are in the people business serving pasta.
With these dreams and values, we aim to become the premier provider of uniquely creative, naturally flavored, healthy, fresh pasta - inspiring our community to elevate their eating experience and raise their food consciousness.
Esther Chin was born in Malaysia and moved to the US to complete her education at Western Michigan University, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. After school, she moved to New York City, where she eventually opened her own business. In 2018, after deciding it was time for a change, Esther sold her company and relocated to Vero Beach, FL.
A foodie through and through, Esther loved to attend farmer’s markets. There, her passion and curiosity prompted her to start asking questions and looking closely at where her food came from. Eventually, inspired by the local farmers at the Vero Beach Farmers Market, she started her own garden and discovered her green thumb! When it got to the point where she had more produce than she knew what to do with, she began experimenting with infusing homemade, fresh pasta with her own herbs and veggies, and she was hooked! She spent the next six months making pasta from scratch - try - taste - repeat, using herbs and vegetables right out of her own garden.
She is the embodiment of her favorite quote by Bo Songvisava:
Andres Cechetto is originally from Argentina, where he spent nearly a decade working for the government and large companies in the HR department.
Tempted out of his career in HR by his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur, Andres, and a partner launched a successful day spa, which they grew to 2 locations. He handled all of the business finances, HR, legal work, and customer relationship management before selling his equity and following his passion into the food industry.
Andres was offered an apprenticeship program in Argentina, where he started as a baker, eventually working his way up to executive chef in the yachting industry. His talents landed him the coveted position as a private chef for several high-profile clients throughout Europe, Asia, and America.
In his travels, Andres met Esther, and they bonded over their love of food, fell in love, and got married. Choosing to give up his career as a traveling chef to be at home with Esther, Andres has now added his business acumen to Garden of Esther and is helping to expand the company. He is the CEO and is responsible for product manufacturing, management, and recipe creation. He is also the buyer for specialty products offered in the Gourmet Market.
“Food is powerful. It can stir memories, heal us or harm us, connect us, and wake us up. Cooking is my passion, and for me, food is a language that breaks barriers. When done right, food brings people together, awakens our senses, and opens us fully to experience the world all around us.”